Ibn Tufail

Philosopher, Inventor

1105 – 1185

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Who was Ibn Tufail?

Ibn Tufail was an Andalusian Muslim polymath: a writer, novelist, Islamic philosopher, Islamic theologian, physician, vizier, and court official.

As a philosopher and novelist, he is most famous for writing the first philosophical novel, Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, also known as Philosophus Autodidactus in the Western world. As a physician, he was an early supporter of dissection and autopsy, which was expressed in his novel.

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Born
1105
Guadix
Religion
  • Islam
Ethnicity
  • Arab people
  • Berber people
Nationality
  • Spain
Profession
Died
1185

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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